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K-12 Chinese Conference to be hosted by the University of South Florida on February 18, 2011
January 5, 2011

The K-12 Chinese Conference is the first of its kind in Florida. Hosted by the University of South Florida, the conference aims to assist school administrators in developing and sustaining Chinese language and cultural programs, as well as providing professional development to current and future Chinese language teachers. The program includes General Sessions in the morning (with nationally known speakers), and two breakout sessions in the afternoon.

There is no registration fee to eligible participants in Florida: public and private school administrators (superintendents, principals, curriculum and/or foreign language coordinators) and Chinese language teachers. Thanks to funding from Hanban through the Confucius Institute, free lunch and soft drinks will be provided, however attendees are responsible for purchasing the appropriate parking permits.

Location and Parking:
All sessions of the conference will be held on the first floor of the Patel Building on the USF Tampa campus. Parking is available around the Sun Dome north of the Patel Building (towards southeast corner on the parking map at (Parking Map). If you plan to come to Tampa the day before, Wingate by Wyndham Tampa ( is located only a few minutes away from the conference site.

Online Registration:
Online registration will close on February 6. Confirmation and the final program will be sent to all eligible registered participants by e-mail on February 11 (Friday). All participants will attend the General Sessions, but you must choose one of the two breakout sessions on the form.

The conference is open to the first 150 registered participants, so please complete the online registration form at your earliest convenience. If you have any questions, please contact us at

View the Conference Program